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  • LOSING WEIGHT IN THE MIDST OF PERI-MENOPAUSE!

    9 posts, 6 voices, 772 views, started Sep 15, 2008

    Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 by Dana Arcuri

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    • I am 44 years old and for the past two years I have been struggling with issues ranging from peri-menopause, enlarged thyroid, fibromylagia, four herniated disks and having the most difficult time losing weight.  I question if all these issues are all linked together to set me up for failure in my quest to lose 20 lbs.?

      In April 2008, I was fed up with the way I look and being over weight.  I decided to take drastic measures and to go on a strict low carb diet.  I ate only protein, low carb veggies, low carb fruit, no bread, no pasta’s, no rice, no junk and I began to gradually lose some weight.  I began walking briskly for 30 minutes 3-5 days per week.  Within a few months, I lost 15 lbs. and was ecstatic!  

      When I was at a doctors appointment to go over some test results, my doctor and I discussed my low carb diet.  He said that he did not recommend my staying on this diet and he wanted me to start eating carbs, such as a multi-grain bread, fiber cereal and some organic foods.  I stopped my low carb diet and I gained all the weight back!  NO joke!

      My thoughts are this: If peri-menopausal woman experiencing thyroid challenges and health issues try to lose weight, is it very likely that we could achieve this when there could be medical and hormonal issues preventing weight loss?



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          Yana Berlin wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • Dear Dana,

          I think that our “hormones” have a lot to do with weight gain and I think that most of us use that as an excuse to gain the weight. (I know I did) I had my thyroid checked every year and every year it’s perfect, but what had happened in the last few years my metabolism slowed down and my activity level decreased while I still enjoyed my food. BAD choice.

          I think that different things work for different people, if no carb works for you, forget your doctor and go back on your plan. Just make sure you do the thyroid test and all relative blood work to know exactly what’s going on with your body.

          I’m sure that you didn’t gain weight from the carbs, but from the extra portion, that is why we need to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we put in our mouth. It’s the most hardest thing for me to do in my life. I love food, and keeping track of what I can and can’t eat is difficult and annoying, but what choice do we have?

          I just joined Weight Watcher this morning, I know that when I follow the program I loose weight, carbs, or no carbs. It’s all about the portions.

          Sending you hugs,
          Yana

          We have a WW group on our site, check it out http://fabulously40.com/post/id/417/



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • My weight problem is BEYOND proper portions.  My husband and doctor even commented on my portions being very small.  But the one thing that my husband said is that I should NOT be gaining weight with the small portions that I am eating.  That is why I wonder if the thyroid really is the hidden link to all metabolism problems even when the blood work comes back “normal“.  The doctor said that my thyroid is enlarged with nodules, yet, I do not see anything “normal” about that.  

          Suziq, what is your professional opinion and suggestions?



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          Boysmom8791 wrote Sep 15, 2008
        • Have a friend that just had her so called normal thyroid with nodules removed just a week ago and believe it or not she has in one week lost 5lbs, she feels better than she has in the past I believe I would look into the thyroid once again. Do you have a raspy sound in your voice and sometimes difficult breathing? Those were the problems she was having, along with numerous other health issues. But as I said she told me today she feels 10x’s better than she has in a long time. As far as the low carb diet if you felt better then do it. I am a 43 yr old juvenile diabetic overweight by 45 lbs and had a heart attack 2yrs ago, I am going to ask my doctors about the lap band surgery to see if that will help. I can’t for the life of me loose weight and I understand the no energy completely. I am to tired and depressed to exercise.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • Thanks, boysmom8791, for sharing your friends thyroid information and what a great testimony that is!  I am happy for your friend to have a doctor that LISTENS!!! That is my  

          #1 complaint with doctors.  They only look at the numbers on the blood work and refuse to LISTEN to me, my symptoms and even my testing that showed an enlarged right thyroid with multiple nodules.  I have gone to over five doctors in a six month time span and I am so frustrated because not one doctor will listen to me.  How many more co-pays and doctors does it take to get the medical attention that we need?  

          I have taken my health into my own hands at the help of a friend who has also has fibromyalgia and she wrote two books on the topic.  She specializes in alternative medicine and she suggested that if all else fails, that I should start taking certified organic coconut oil.  It not only normalizes the thyroid gland, it is excellent for weight loss, energy, maintaining youthful skin, reducing heart disease/high cholesterol, ridding your body or yeast/parasites/bacteria, improves gastrointestinal conditions and so much more!  Certified organic coconut oil does not contain hydrogenated oils and it is the HEALTHIEST oil to cook with & eat.  

          Yesterday, I began taking certified organic coconut oil and today I checked my weight.  To my surprise, I lost 3 lbs. and I am thrilled!  

          It is too soon to know how I will respond to certified organic coconut nut oil in all area’s of my health, but I am willing to give it a try.  If my thyroid condition improves
          and I have an increase in energy, then that will be wonderful.  At this point, with no help from doctors, I have nothing to lose, but better, improved health to gain!



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • Your hormones have EVERYTHING to do with weight gain. I have hypothyroidism and have been on medication for it since 1995. But hormones can make our metabolism slow down which makes us tired so we don’t want to exercise. The bad news is that as we get older we have to eat less and exercise more!!!! How unfair is that. Since I had a total hysterectomy in 2002 and am on compounded hormone therapy it was really hard for me to lose weight and like Godsglamourgirl, I eat very healthy my problem was that I wasn’t exercising enough. Once I started walking an hour instead of 30 min and added some hills to my walk, I have lost almost 30 lbs!!!



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • CONGRATULATIONS, Sassy, on your weight loss!  Looks like I may try what you did and start walking for one hour with added hills!



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • We all would love to have a magic pill (I know I would) that would melt away pounds but the recipe for weight loss is simple less calories more exercise. I HATE SIMPLE RECIPES LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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          Angela DiMauro wrote May 8, 2009
        • Hi godsglamor  

          A friend of mine has nodules on her thyroid and has been put on medication for the condition.



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